or maybe not so happy!
Breeding season is over and we have consolidated the sheep from 9 pens to 3 pens.
Here are the ‘not so happy’ boys. They are in this small pen to become friends again.
Reintroducing the rams needs to be done with care. A pecking order has to be reestablished and a lot of head bashing and general unpleasantness can take place. To cut down on potential injuries, we tie the boys up in a small pen for 24-48 hours and then turn them out together with very enticing food. We tie them up so they can’t hook each other with their horns. We have had good success with this method. When I checked on them this morning, they were relaxed and laying down with each other.
You may be asking, where are the rest of the rams? Well, the ram lambs are all turned out together…they aren’t big enough or serious enough at this age to be a problem. There was a little bit of pushing each other around, but they quickly got over it.
and lucky Mac is out with all of the girls. We are using him as a ‘clean-up’ ram, just in case someone wasn’t bred.
He spent the evening checking out the new ladies…
and whispering sweet nothings to them.
He is a happy boy 🙂 He will be with the girls for another couple of weeks and then he will spend the winter with the ram lambs.
The girls were very happy to be reunited. Friends were together again and mothers and daughters soon found each other. I get a kick out of watching them interact with each other, when they have been separated for a while. My friend Lisa, brought her 4 ewes that she bought from us here to be bred and they quickly found each other and have been stuck like glue ever since.
This group of girls will have to wait to be reunited because I don’t want them bred. It includes the ewe lambs and the two retired girls – Holly & Dolly.
It also includes our two new girls Puddleduck Cleora and Huntsberger Venus. They are waiting for our new ram lamb to arrive…
Byeburn Hector is coming from New Jersey and should be here next week. He will be the 7th ram we are using for breeding this year. To view all of the rams and ewes that were bred this year you can click on the 2011 Breeding Line-up page.
I am looking forward to the day when all the ewes are in one group and everyone truly is ‘one big happy family’.